The ASCII Group’s 2015 IT SMB Success Summit Series is being held September 16 and 17 at Westfield's Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Va. The seventh stop in the year-long tour, the Success Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to obtain education, hear industry presentations, browse the vendor solutions pavilion, attend an ASCII member meeting, and network with peers.
The pre-day activities on Wednesday include lunch and business card exchange. Following that will be a CompTIA presentation on trends in the IT industry, including growth expectations and obstacles, technology and channel trends and countertrends, and drivers and opportunities for 2015.
Vendor-sponsored sessions on Wednesday cover topics such as business continuity, using IT assessments to grow business, marketing techniques, selling cloud services, opportunities in compliance, and cybersecurity. The day ends with a welcome reception followed by an ASCII member meeting.
The main day event kicks off with a networking breakfast and peer card exchange. Guest speaker and ASCII member C.J. Ezell, founder and CEO of PointClear Networks, a healthcare systems integrator and managed services provider based in Fairhope, Ala., is speaking with attendees about “Adding Dental Integration to Your Managed Services Practice.” His talk is followed by an introduction of ASCII Community Ambassadors.
Then presentations continue on capturing the power of the cloud, and an ASCII Platinum Presentation on eFolder’s SEPP IT concept. Datto will then provide updates on its channel program.
After a short break, attendees will learn about MSP market opportunities and the “perpetually valuable MSP.” And in the ASCII Community—Building Business Together session, attendees will hear how the next wave of services will be further built leveraging the ASCII community and helping take IT providers’ businesses forward.
In the afternoon, ASCII member Charles Tholen, president and CTO, Cognoscape LLC, is presenting “Successfully Winning in The Legal Market With Managed Services.” And ASCII member, Eugene Tawiah, a certified Ethical Hacker, is speaking about “Proven Triggers to Help SMB Customers Focus on Cybersecurity.”
Vendor presentation topics include disaster recovery and white labeling, as well as partner program updates from APC by Schneider Electric and Lenovo.
The special guest speaker is Jana Monroe, ex-FBI assistant director, Cyber Division, who will talk with attendees about how to become the security experts for their clients.
Attendees also have the opportunity to browse the solutions pavilion, meet ASCII staff, and vote on vendor awards.
The day ends with a closing awards ceremony and giveaways, followed by an ASCII member meeting.
The Summit Series is designed for qualified industry IT professionals and managed service providers, and is targeted toward those who are looking to increase revenue and enhance their current business model. ASCII members receive free admission to the event.
The ASCII Group is a membership-based community of independent MSPs, VARs and solution providers. Next stop on this year’s eight-city tour is October 21 and 22 in Irvine, Calif.
For more information go to www.asciievents.com.